Out of my depth

Last updated: Sunday, September 25, 2022

You may sometimes be asked to make decisions and/or provide advice in unfamiliar situations. It’s important to have rehearsed these types of scenarios, so that when they happen for real you have already thought about how to address the problem. Consider the following example:

You are a newly qualified hospital pharmacist and on-call for the first time. It’s been a busy night and at 1am you still haven’t slept. The pager rings again and it’s a new Sister on the neonatal unit asking for urgent advice about the dose of THAM. You’ve never heard of the drug, and missed some of your on-call induction training because you were asked to cover the dispensary. The Sister wants to hang on the phone while you find the information.

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Have a think about how you might handle this problem. When you’ve had enough thinking time, click forward to the next page.